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Melinda Mechur Karp, Assistant Director


Melinda Mechur Karp is a project lead for Sorting Students into Pathways: Improving the Use of E-Advising Systems, Corridors of College Success, and the City Colleges of Chicago Pathways Analytics Project.

Karp holds a BS in human development and family studies from Cornell University; an MA in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University.

Karp is a leading expert on smoothing students' transition into college and supporting them once there. Over the past 15 years at CCRC, she has led studies examining advising, counseling, and support services; college 101 courses; and dual enrollment programs. Her work has been published in journals such as Teachers College Record, New Directions for Community Colleges, Community College Review, and the Journal of College Student Retention. She also is frequently invited to present to practitioners and policymakers, and to comment on student success in media outlets such as Inside Higher Education. Karp currently serves as an advisor to California's Student Services Portal Steering Committee and the Northeast Resiliency Consortium.